Statistics is a major offered by the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Units of study in this major are available at standard and advanced level.

Program structure and content

The School of Mathematics and Statistics offers units of study in applied mathematics, mathematical statistics and pure mathematics.

The Junior units of study cover a range of topics in mathematics and statistics and are offered at three levels, viz. Introductory, Fundamental, Normal and Advanced, to suit various levels of previous knowledge.

Intermediate, Senior and Honours units of study are mostly provided within one of the subject areas of applied mathematics, mathematical statistics and pure mathematics.

Each unit of study is designated either as "Normal" or "Advanced". Advanced units have more stringent prerequisites than normal units, and are significantly more demanding. Although the precise requirements vary from unit to unit, it is generally inadvisable for a student who has not achieved a Credit average in intermediate level mathematics to attempt an advanced senior mathematics unit.

Various combinations of Junior units of study may be taken, subject to the prerequisites listed. Often specific Junior units of study are prerequisites for mathematics and statistics units in the Intermediate and Senior years. Before deciding on a particular combination of Junior units of study, students are advised to check carefully the prerequisites relating to mathematics for all units of study.

Each unit of study is worth six credit points; students wishing to obtain a major in mathematics must therefore take at least four units of senior mathematics, while those wishing to obtain a double major must take eight. As well as majors in mathematics and statistics, the School offers a major in financial mathematics and statistics.

The precise requirements for this major can be found in Table 1. Alternatively, consult the school directly.

First year planning for a Statistics major

The Junior Mathematics units, MATH1005/1905 and MATH1001/1901/1906, are needed to enrol in Intermediate units of study in Statistics and one of: MATH1003/1903/1907 is required to complete a major in Statistics.

Students intending to major in Statistics should take 12 credit points of Intermediate Statistics.

Requirements for a major

For a major in Statistics, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from the senior units of study listed in this subject area in Table 1.


Students may take honours in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Mathematical Statistics. In all cases, assessment is by a combination of coursework (~60 percent) and a project (~40 percent). While the three divisions offer courses separately, the honours program is flexible and students are encouraged to consult their course coordinator if they are interested in taking a course from another division.

Honours contact

Dr Michael Stewart
T +61 2 9351 5765

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